2012 Employee Benefits Cost of Living Adjustments Announced


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released the Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) for dollar limitations on benefits and contributions under the Internal Revenue Code (Code) for 2012.  The 2012 COLAs are set forth in News Release IR-2011-103, which was published on October 20, 2011.  The applicable limitations are as follows:

COLA Increases for Dollar Limitations on Benefits and Contributions

 
2012 Retirement Plans COLAs 

Code
Section

2012

2011

2010

IRAs 

IRA Contribution Limit – 219(b)(5)(A) 5,000 5,000 5,000
IRA Catch-Up Contributions – 219(b)(5)(B) 1,000 1,000 1,000

IRA AGI Deduction Phase-out Starting at

Joint Return 92,000  90,000  89,000
Single or Head of Household 58,000  56,000  56,000

SEP 

SEP Minimum Compensation – 408(k)(2)(C) 550 550 550
SEP Maximum Compensation – 408(k)(3)(C) 250,000 245,000 245,000

SIMPLE Plans 

SIMPLE Maximum Contributions – 408(p)(2)(E) 11,500 11,500 11,500
Catch-up Contributions – 414(v)(2)(B)(ii) 2,500 2,500 2,500

401(k), 403(b), Profit-Sharing Plans, etc. 

Annual Compensation – 401(a)(17)/404(l) 250,000 245,000 245,000
Elective Deferrals – 402(g)(1) 17,000 16,500 16,500
Catch-up Contributions – 414(v)(2)(B)(i) 5,500 5,500 5,500
Defined Contribution Limits – 415(c)(1)(A) 50,000 49,000 49,000
ESOP Limits – 409(o)(1)(C) 1,015,000200,000 985,000195,000 985,000195,000

Other 

HCE Threshold – 414(q)(1)(B) 115,000 110,000 110,000
Defined Benefit Limits – 415(b)(1)(A) 200,000 195,000 195,000
Key Employee – 416(i)(1)(A)(i) 165,000 160,000 160,000
457 Elective Deferrals – 457(e)(15) 17,000 16,500 16,500
Control Employee – 1.61-21(f)(5)(i) 100,000 95,000 95,000
Control Employee – 1.61-21(f)(5)(iii) 205,000 195,000 195,000
Taxable Wage Base 110,100 106,800 106,800
 

For Help or More Information

If you need help reviewing, updating, administering or defending your fringe benefit or other employee benefit, compensation or human resources practices, please contact the author of this update, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer.

Recently selected for induction as a Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefit Council and for extensive work and accomplishments in the employee benefits and human resources area, immediate past Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) RPTE Employee Benefits & Other Compensation Group and current Co-Chair of its Welfare Benefit Committee, Vice-Chair of the ABA TIPS Employee Benefits Committee, a council member of the ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, and past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Interest Group, Ms. Stamer is recognized, internationally, nationally and locally for her more than 24 years of work, advocacy, education and publications on employee benefit, human resources and related workforce, insurance and financial services, and health care matters. 

A board certified labor and employment attorney widely known for her extensive and creative knowledge and experienced with these and other employment, employee benefit and compensation matters, Ms. Stamer continuously advises and assists employers, employee benefit plans, their sponsoring employers, fiduciaries, insurers, administrators, service providers, insurers and others to monitor and respond to evolving legal and operational requirements and to design, administer, document and defend medical and other welfare benefit, qualified and non-qualified deferred compensation and retirement, severance and other employee benefit, compensation, and human resources, management and other programs and practices tailored to the client’s human resources, employee benefits or other management goals.  A primary author of the Bolivian Social Security pension privatization law, Ms. Stamer also works extensively with management, service provider and other clients to watch legislative and regulatory developments and to deal with Congressional and state legislators, regulators, and enforcement officials about regulatory, investigatory or enforcement concerns. 

Recognized in Who’s Who In American Professionals and both an American Bar Association (ABA) and a State Bar of Texas Fellow, Ms. Stamer serves on the  Editorial Advisory Board of Employee Benefits News, the editor and publisher of Solutions Law Press HR & Benefits Update and other Solutions Law Press Publications, and active in a multitude of other employee benefits, human resources and other professional and civic organizations.   She also is a widely published author and highly regarded speaker on these matters. Her insights on these and other matters appear in the Bureau of National Affairs, Spencer Publications, the Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Business Journal, the Houston Business Journal, Modern and many other national and local publications.   You can learn more about Ms. Stamer and her experience, review some of her other training, speaking, publications and other resources, and register to receive future updates about developments on these and other concerns from Ms. Stamer here.

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